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Applied Psych Vocab


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describes the dynamics involved in the body's physiological arousal to survive a threat.
Fight or Flight Response
The body's reaction to acute stress
Stress Reaction
Stimuli from one or more of the 5 senses are sent to the brain (scream, smell of fire, taste of poison)
Stage 1
The brian deciphers the stimulus as either a threat or a non threat. If the stimulus is not regarded as a threat, this is the end of the response. If however the response is decoded as a real threat the brain then activates the nervous and endocrine syst
Stage 2
the body stays activated, aroused or "keyedup" until the threat is over.
Stage 3
The body returns to homeostasis, a state of physiological calmness, one the threat is gone.
Stage 4
A theory presented by shelly taylor that states that women who experience stress don't necessarily run or flight, but rather turn to friends to cope with unpleasant events and circumstances
Tend and Befriend
Good stress that arises in any situation or circumstance that a person finds motivating
stress that describes sensory stimuli that have no consequential effect; that is considered neither good nor bad
Bad stress, often abbreviated simply as stress
type of distress stress that surfaces and is quite intense, disappears quickly
Acute Stress
type of distress that does not appear so intense yet seems to linger for prolonged periods of time
Chronic Stress
The theory that some stress is necessary for health and performance but that beyond an optimal amount both will deteriorate as distress increases
Yerkes-Dodson Principle
situations, circumstances or any stimulus that is perceived to be a threat

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